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Planet Earth episode

Tue, 11th Jan 2011

Essex coral reefs, malaria in the UK, and Antarctica

Reef fish (c) James Watt

As the UK winter continues to bite, Sue Nelson tries to escape it all by going to visit a coral reef.  Unfortunately for Sue, the coral reef is not in some sunny clime.  Instead, it's an indoor coral reef at the brand new Coral Reef Research Unit at the University of Essex.  Researchers are using the reef to look at the effects of ocean acidification on coral in a unique experiment.  Sue meets David Smith and David Suggett from the Unit to find out exactly what they're up to.  Later, Sue talks to Andy Morse from the University of Liverpool.  Andy's an expert on the effects of climate change on the spread of infectious diseases.  Sue finds out that as the climate changes and brings warmer and wetter weather, we might get more than we bargained for.  Finally our correspondent in Antarctica the British Antarctic Survey's medical doctor, Claire Lehman meets a researcher who tells us how she finds out how the sea around the continent changes with the seasons.

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